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The Journey of Brokenness

Our life is full of brokenness – broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives?

~~~ Henri Nouwen



Brokenness is something we all face in our lives. We experience brokenness in our relationships, lack of success, health problems and many other situations that we face. Having difficulties and struggles is a part of living, and no one is exempt. Those who cry without ceasing to be spared become depressed and paranoid, they begin to feel that they are always being singled out or persecuted. Such attitudes lead to an unhealthy state of brokenness.

Henri Nouwen says, “In a strange way the spiritual life isn’t “useful” or “successful,” but it is meant to be fruitful. And fruitfulness comes out of brokenness.” What a great concept- fruitfulness comes out of brokenness! Life could be so much better for all of us if we embraced that remarkable idea. The scripture teaches us that we must surrender ourselves to our creator in order to find truth and life. Essentially, we must be broken to the idea that we are capable of being totally self-sufficient. How can we turn brokenness into fruitfulness? Here are a few thoughts.

Perhaps a good way to understand the function of brokenness is to accept our own frailties. It seems that all of us strive to be the best at all we do. When that does not happen, we just fall apart. Most of us have a hard time accepting that we cannot do everything. We are not all going to be great artists or scientists, but through our broken dreams we can discover our true selves. It is by suffering the frailties of our being that we come out of the other side and become fruitful. As we become fruitful at the window of brokenness, we begin to offer blessing to others who are experiencing frail moments in their lives.

Rise everyday believing that God has the best in store for you. This is a hard one. When we walk through the valley of the shadow of death it is almost impossible to believe God is with you, but he is. This is an especially important piece of the puzzle. We must believe that our creator has great things in store for us. He does not abandon us when we are broken but is the one who carries us through. His love shows us how to walk through our valley of brokenness knowing he has great things in store for us.

We must learn to practice the art of self-love. Many people believe that self-love is the same as selfishness. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are created in the image and likeness of God. It would be quite arrogant to suppose that we are equal to God or, conversely, worthless. Many people spend their lives trying to “prove” themselves and reap a great deal of misery for it. We think that our failures and disappointments are signs that we are worthless. They are perhaps definitive signs that we have not loved ourselves as God has loved us. We have not given due love and respect to who we are in God’s eyes. He created us for beauty and fruitfulness. We need to be broken down enough to see that and love ourselves as God loves us.

Brokenness can be a hard concept to accept when we are not experiencing it, but an understanding of the role of brokenness in our lives can be lifechanging. God allows us to walk through this time of brokenness to temper us to be ready for the wilds of the world that we experience every day. He is there to strengthen us and guide us through the weakest and darkest times of our lives. These dark times bring strength and fruitfulness. We learn so much from these moments.



He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

~~~Zechariah 12:10



Prayer

Lord, As we travel through the times of brokenness in our lives let us have the trust in you that carries us through. You have given us brokenness so that we may see you in a different and greater light. We invite that light into our broken and shattered lives. We embrace our brokenness as the way that we pass through to greater times and new understanding. Comfort us this day and bring us into tomorrow.

Amen

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THIS WEEK – Brokenness



Brokenness – Separated forcibly into parts, in fragments, fractured, shattered, split, not intact or in working order, damage; produced by breaking, fragmentary.

(Oxford Dictionary)



Quotes BannerAnd in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.

~~~Christopher Poindexter

God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.

~~~Vance Havner

We are all broken and wounded in this world. Some choose to grow strong at the broken places.

~~~Harold J. Duarte-Bernhardt

And in the end, we were all just humans.. drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.”

~~~F. Scott Fitzgerald

The secret to becoming unbreakable is realizing that you are already broken. We all are.

~~~Brant Menswar

God wants us to be broken in spirit so that He can make us strong at the broken places.

~~~Billy Graham

But our brokenness is also the source of our common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meaning, and healing. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.”

~~~Bryan Stevenson

The absence of brokenness is the biggest sponsor of rebellion against God.

~~~Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

Embracing our brokenness creates a need and a desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy.

~~~Bryan Stevenson

Divine love is incessantly restless until it turns all woundedness into health, all deformity into beauty, all embarrassment into laughter. In biblical faith, brokenness is never celebrated as an end in itself.”

~~~Belden C. Lane

We’re all broken, all walk with a limp. Here is the truth about you and me: even when in a far-off country, wasted life, stripped bare, smeared, squandered, nothing but scar tissue and shameful, self-inflicted wounds, the love of the Father finds the son and daughter.

~~~Charles Martin

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

~~~Ernest Hemingway

Jesus didn’t say, ‘Blessed are those who care for the poor.’ He said, ‘Blessed are we where we are poor, where we are broken.’ It is there that God loves us deeply and pulls us into deeper communion with himself.

~~~Henri Nouwen

Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.

~~~Gilbert K. Chesterton



Scripture BannerThe Lord is near to the brokenhearted,

   and saves the crushed in spirit.

~~~Psalm 34:18

And I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the one whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.

~~~Zechariah 12:10

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

   because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,

   to bind up the broken-hearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

   and release to the prisoners;

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

~~~Isaiah 61:1

He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.’

~~~Revelation 21:4

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;

   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

~~~Psalm 51:17

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

~~~Matthew 5:3-4

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

~~~1 Peter 5:7

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

~~~Matthew 11:28-30

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

~~~Psalm 51:7

Prayer BannerLord, Guide me by your spirit to be able to use the setbacks and defeats of my life as a way to move forward. Allow me to offer my sufferings to you so that they may become steppingstones to a stronger, greater faith. Please give me awareness of your presence and the comfort that comes with it when I suffer. I ask that you allow me to see suffering through the eyes that you did when you went to the cross.

Amen

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